photo1 Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Cotton Bowl Game

A member of the Westboro Baptist Church protests the 2012 Cotton Bowl in Arlington. (Jay Gormley/CBSDFW)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A handful of members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church picketed the Cotton Bowl game Friday night.

The church, which is located in Topeka, Kansas, is known for protesting military funerals, public events, and college campuses.

Church members carry big signs that say “God Hates Fags,” “Thank God For Dead Soldiers,” and similar messages.

The Cotton Bowl game is being played at Cowboys Stadium Friday night.  Big 12 team Kansas State is going up against Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference.

Members of the small church, located 60 miles from the campus of Kansas State University, believe God is preparing to destroy the United States.

About 6 members from the church showed up for the protest.  Roughly 20 counter-protesters were also on hand at Richard Greene Park on Legends Way and Randol Mill Road near Cowboys Stadium.

The church announced the Cotton Bowl protest on its website.  Part of its statement reads, “If you gave even a fraction of the time, money, or interest in serving God that you give to the players on the field, this country wouldn’t be in the mess it is in.”

Westboro demonstrators also made their presence felt earlier in the week in Dallas when they showed up Monday at the TicketCity Bowl at Fair Park.

The church also protested at the Super Bowl in Arlington last year.

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